Anki + Notebook

If anyone has an addon to integrate anki as a notebook that would be out of this world. Picture Onenote, but with your anki cards linked to your notebook. So if you are reading about “Depression treatment” all the cards you have on this subject are tagged to the hand notes you took in class. So you can read through your notes taken on any subject, then run the cards in anking associated with that subject. Keeping the big picture and the memorization together. An interface inside of anki similar to how Uworld works would be phenomenal. Add pdf’s of textbooks and be able to tag cards so you can pull up a filtered deck associated with a subject etc etc It would really make anki unbelievably powerful.

That’s not exactly Anki’s purpose. However, this does not mean it’s impossible, just that you would have to “stick” together several components to get what you want. In particular, I would recommend try to edit your notes outside of Anki, and then automatize the “translation” between these and Anki notes. For instance, this is what is described in this blog article, but not limited to the tools used in that article.

if by “running” cards you mean reviewing them, I would recommend against this. Yes, it may seem like a good workflow, but it’s not how Anki is designed to work. In this way, you review “targeted” material when you need it, which is good for learning. However, Anki is not made for learning, but for memorizing: it assumes you already understood the material (at least to some extent), and, if that assumption is correct, it will proceed with a very efficient way to memorize, which is spaced repetition (which does not do “targeted” reviewing, ie. review only cards of a certain topic because it’s the topic you are currently learning). Instead, it will just prompt you about everything you have memorized so far, at the most appropriate moment for it to stay in your mind without becoming overwhelming.

Also, as a general advice when you are looking for quality software: instead of choosing all-in-one bundle software that promise to do everything you need and more, in one place, you should instead make a list of what you want, and seek individual components that do one thing, but do it well (this doesn’t mean that they don’t integrate with each other; just that each component is responsible for one aspect of your final result, and if you don’t like that aspect you can just dump that component and replace it with an other one). It’s hard to put it together, but in the end, in my experience, you get better results, precisely because you can fine-tune every aspect of it.

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